We all have a person on our gift list that's hard to shop for, but somehow, shopping for a teen feels harder. They are discerning, but their interests can change direction like a breeze. And as the adults in their lives, we are expected to keep up. Sure, gift cards will do in a pinch, but we believe it's possible to surprise a teenager (in a good way) with a gift. It's why we rounded up presents that the youngest members of Gen Z will love. From cozy winter gear to Y2K accessories to clean makeup and skin-care products, these 44 perfect presents are good teen gift candidates for the holidays.
If earrings could be a tropical vacation, it'd be this pair.
What winter look isn't improved by a colorful scarf?
This green-checked crossbody has a slim, '90s-inspired silhouette, but it's still big enough to carry the essentials.
Crafty teens can experiment with tie-dye using this DIY kit that contains everything they'll need to get started as well as two bandanas and a cotton pouch to tie-dye.
InnBeauty Glaze for Days ($65, was $97)
Inside this pink makeup bag, there are five different flavored lip oils to test out: Candy Apple, Frosé, Fruity Cereal, Cookie, and Glazed Donut.
This snuggly wool-blend hat will be a go-to all winter long.
Bring the spa to their room with this mud sheet mask that gives pores a thorough cleanse.
A raw, freeform take on the classic birthstone, these minimalist earrings have sterling silver posts and backs.
Alo Plush Luck Sock ($20)
These soft, fuzzy socks have a bit of Spandex to keep them from getting too stretched out.
This deck by Lisa Sterle combines classic tarot symbolism with 2022 style.
Ideal for first-time plant parents, this low-maintenance beauty grows quickly and can survive less-than-regular waterings.
Finally, mittens that are like a puffy jacket for the hands.
Faux shearling makes these clog-style slippers a cozy go-to.
Part cardigan, part wrap top, this colorful shirt is definitely cute.
A reusable cup made with biodegradable plastic, ceramic, and silicon is perfect for hot drinks, both on the go and at home.
Incense-loving teens will adore this concrete holder that doubles as decor.
Youthforia Y2K Bundle ($55, was $62)
You'll get two Youthforia favorites in a Y2K-inspired pack: the award-winning blush oil that uses your skin's pH to create a just-right shade and a glossy, hydrating lip treatment.
If your teen loves ballet, they'll want a pretty-in-pink ballet case for their new iPhone.
Snif Ditch Plains Candle ($44)
Inspired by a day at the beach in Montauk's Ditch Plains, this candle will hold summer-lovers over until June.
They'll never lose their phone (fingers crossed) with a charm that can be customized with up to six letters.
With 20 preset colors and seven different effects, this USB-powered strip light is easily customized. And with a peel-and-stick back, setup is a cinch.
Hatch Restore ($130)
This sunrise alarm clock lets you customize your bedtime and wake-up routines with 22 colors and a sound library that has music, white noise, guided meditations, and more.
What is nostalgia for a time before you were born called? A Pink Floyd T-shirt with artwork from its 1966 tour.
Baggu Crew Sock ($14)
Made from bamboo rayon, these soft, stretchy socks will add a fun pop to any outfit.
Jones Road Miracle Balm ($38)
Perfect for a no-makeup makeup look, Miracle Balm's magic is in its light-reflecting abilities. Use it on cheeks, lips, and eyelids — anywhere, really.
Ideal for anyone with a roommate, this cute reading light also comes in frog and flower shapes.
Made with soft and cozy fleece, this crossbody bag is perfect for winter.
A 3.5-inch hair claw can hold some of the longest, thickest strands.
Ana Luisa Venus ($55)
With a .8-inch diameter, these 14k gold-on-brass hoops with titanium backs are just the right size.
A cuffed beanie is a classic you can't really go wrong with.
Considering these markers are refillable and compatible with Copic's Air Brush system, they make a gift that lasts.
This Polaroid starter set comes with a pocket-size printer and 20 sheets of 2x3 photo-ready papers.
A Hello Kitty battery-operated light manages to make darkness cute.
Fuzzy and oversized — is there a better way to sweater?
Overthinking is a great teenage pastime. Give them a place to do it.
This faux leather bag comes with an adjustable and removable crossbody strap, but regardless of how it's worn, it'll bring a pop of green.
This mushroom-inspired nail polish set comes in pale green, mushroom beige, bright red, and sheer holographic — not to mention the cutest containers.
A teen classic, these special-edition Chuck Taylors come in desert-inspired colors.
Compatible with Nintendo Switch consoles, Joy-Con controllers can be used separately in each hand or together as one game controller.
Crafters can explore pottery with a kit that comes with air-dry clay, carving and shaping tools, floral-toned paint, and everything else they'll need to get started.
Air plants, succulents, and other greens thrive in this mini terrarium/candle holder. But maybe a fake candle is best?
Together these three products — a toner, serum, and mask — can clear congested pores for clearer skin.
DIY mochi with a kit that lets you freeform flavors with whatever you have on hand, though it comes with matcha and cocoa powder. And it probably goes without saying, but ice cream is not included!
What are you gifting the teens in your life this year? Share with us @BritandCo!
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